to come into your life?
Acts 22:30,23:6-11 and Gospel of John 17:20-26 Reflection
As we approach Pentecost, the readings are full of two things: the work of the Holy Spirit and Jesus praying for us to be protected and to receive the Spirit.
In the first reading Paul shrewdly plays off the Sadducees and the Pharisees. He knows the teaching of each side and points out his belief in the resurrection which the Pharisees agree. This ability to speak out freely about God and his work is one of the signs that a person has received the Spirit.
God then calls upon Paul to witness to Jesus in Rome. Paul is unafraid and heads off to Rome in the manner that the Lord provides. The work of the Spirit in all of this can be seen clearly.
In the gospel, Jesus prays for us. He prays that we shall be one, one with him and with each other.
This is the great sign of Jesus to the world; that we are one, holy, catholic and universal church. We are many peoples and nations with one head, Jesus; we are joined in unity by the Spirit of love.
This unity, which we feel most when we go on pilgrimage to places like Rome or the Holy Land, is a sign of the presence of the Spirit in the world.
Pentecost is near. Are we ready for the Spirit to come into our lives?